http://www.intel.com/performance/resources Version 2007-01 Rev 1.0 About this Document ® This document is a guide measuring performance of the Intel Processors on application software. The primary audience for this document includes individuals, publications, OEMs and technical analysts whose goal is to test or evaluate the performance benefits and features of Core 2 Processors. If there are questions that are not answered here on software application performance evaluation of the Core 2 Processor, please contact your Intel representative. Each software application test measures different aspects of processor and/or system performance. While no single numerical measurement can completely describe the performance of a complex device like a microprocessor or a personal computer, application tests can be useful tools for comparing different components and systems. The following results and procedures give a glimpse of the performance of certain software applications, however your own usage of each application may vary from what is shown here. The only totally accurate way to measure the performance of your system, is to test the actual software applications you use, in the way you use them, on your computer system. Test results published by Intel are measured on specific systems or components using specific hardware and software configurations, and any differences between those configurations (including software) and your configuration may make those results inapplicable to your component or system. Software application tests are, at most, only one kind of information that you may use during the purchasing process. To get a true picture of the performance of a component or system you are considering purchasing, you must consult other sources of information (such as performance information on the exact system you are considering purchasing). If you have any questions about the performance of any Intel microprocessor, please view the detailed performance briefs and reports published by Intel or call Intel at (US) 1-800-628-8686 or 916-356-3104. Chapter 1 Processor Performance on Microsoft Office Excel 2007 1.0 Application Description Microsoft* Office Excel* 2007 is a powerful and widely used tool with which you can create and format spreadsheets, and analyze and share information to make more informed decisions. It allows you to import, organize and explore massive data sets within spreadsheets and then communicate your analysis with professional-looking charts. Excel* 2007 also provides tools to “see” important trends http://www.microsoft.com and find exceptions in your data. For more information go to This workload is a spreadsheet that contains a large number of the most commonly used Excel calculations. This simulates the calculations performed when a spreadsheet with a large dataset is updated and must recalculate many data points. 1.1 Workload Description Office computing is never easy. Companies use Microsoft Excel daily to go through thousands of calculations for accounting, engineering, and statistical problems. How fast the computers go through these calculations makes a huge financial difference for that corporation. In some cases the time being saved by computing processes is even priceless. The workload in this guide is execution of approximately 28,000 sets of calculations using the most commonly used calculations and functions Read the full Software Evaluation Guide for Microsoft* Office Excel* 2007.